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Bicycle Thieves

Vittorio De Sica

 
Bicycle Thieves (Criterion DVD)

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  • Italy
  • 1948
  • 89 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Italian
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  • Spine #374

Hailed around the world as one of the greatest movies ever made, the Academy Award–winning Bicycle Thieves, directed by Vittorio De Sica, defined an era in cinema. In poverty-stricken postwar Rome, a man is on his first day of a new job that offers hope of salvation for his desperate family when his bicycle, which he needs for his work, is stolen. With his young son in tow, he sets off to track down the thief. Simple in construction and profoundly rich in human insight, Bicycle Thieves embodies the greatest strengths of the Italian neorealist movement: emotional clarity, social rectitude, and brutal honesty.

Disc Features

  • High-definition digital film transfer
  • Working with De Sica, a collection of interviews with screenwriter Suso Cecchi d’Amico, actor Enzo Staiola, and film scholar Callisto Cosulich
  • Life as It Is, a program on the history of Italian neorealism, featuring scholar Mark Shiel
  • A 2003 documentary on screenwriter and longtime Vittorio De Sica collaborator Cesare Zavattini, directed by Carlo Lizzani
  • Optional English-dubbed soundtrack
  • PLUS: A book featuring essays by critic Godfrey Cheshire and filmmaker Charles Burnett, classic writing by Zavattini and critic André Bazin, and reminiscences by De Sica and his collaborators

    New cover by F. Ron Miller

Film Essays

Bicycle Thieves: A Passionate Commitment to the Real

By Godfrey Cheshire February 12, 2007

Viewed in retrospect, much of modern cinema can seem to flow from twin fountainheads: Orson Welles’s Citizen Kane (1941) and Vittorio De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves (1948). Though separated by World . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Bicycle Thieves: Ode to the Common Man

By Charles Burnett February 12, 2007

Bicycle Thieves is truly one of my favorite films. I could watch it over and over again, and in truth, I have. It’s a complicated and eloquent story in spite of its simple plot. The first time I . . . Read more »

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The author sheds some light on the fascinating life of the American scriptwriter behind Roberto Rossellini’s Paisan. Read more »


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Dispatches

Remembering Suso Cecchi D’Amico

By Antonio Monda August 02, 2010

The great, beloved screenwriter Suso Cecchi D’Amico died this past weekend at the age of ninety-six. A longtime collaborator of Luchino Visconti’s (theyre pictured together above), including on . . . Read more »


Clippings

Ken Loach’s Real Favorites

May 20, 2010

To coincide with the Cannes premiere of his latest film, Route Irish, English social-realist director Ken Loach (Kes, Hidden Agenda) has written a short reminiscence for the Guardian’s ongoing . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Bicycle Thieves: A Passionate Commitment to the Real

By Godfrey Cheshire February 12, 2007

Viewed in retrospect, much of modern cinema can seem to flow from twin fountainheads: Orson Welles’s Citizen Kane (1941) and Vittorio De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves (1948). Though separated by World . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Bicycle Thieves: Ode to the Common Man

By Charles Burnett February 12, 2007

Bicycle Thieves is truly one of my favorite films. I could watch it over and over again, and in truth, I have. It’s a complicated and eloquent story in spite of its simple plot. The first time I . . . Read more »